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Oregon Bulletin

March 1, 2012

OTHER NOTICES

Request for Comments
Proposed Conditional No Further Action for Reser Building

Comments due: 5 p.m., April 2, 2012

Project location: 228/234 S Main St., Condon

Proposal: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Voluntary Cleanup Program proposes to issue a conditional no further action determination for the Reser Building site located at 228/234 S Main St. in Condon. DEQ issues a conditional no further action determination when a cleanup has met regulatory standards.

Highlights: The site has been used for various purposes including a gas station, auto repair, and residential. Petroleum and other contaminates were documented at the site in 2011.

The Brownfield Program has reviewed the site assessment performed at the site. All of the potential exposure concerns are addressed through elimination during development of the site-specific conceptual site model or through use restrictions placed on the property.

How to comment: Send comments by 5 p.m., April 2, 2012, to DEQ Project Manager Katie Robertson by phone at 541-278-4620, by mail at 700 SE Emigrant, Suite 330, Pendleton, OR 97801, by e-mail at robertson.katie@deq.state.or.us or by fax at 541-278-0168.

To access site summary information and other documents in DEQ’s Environmental Cleanup Site Information database, go to www.deq.state.or.us/lq/ECSI/ecsi.htm, select “Search complete ECSI database” link, enter 4217 in the Site ID box and click “Submit” at the bottom of the page. Next, click the link labeled 4217 in the Site ID/Info column. To review the project file, contact the project manager above for a file review appointment.

The next step: DEQ will consider all public comments received before making a final decision on the proposed no further action determination. DEQ will provide written responses to all public comments received.

Accessibility information: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. If you need information in another format, please contact DEQ toll free in Oregon at 800-452-4011, email at deqinfo@deq.state.or.us, or 711 for people with hearing impairments.

Request for Comments
Proposed No Further Action determination for the Northwest Aluminum Company site in The Dalles

COMMENTS DUE: Friday, April 2, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

PROJECT LOCATION: 3313 W. Second Street, The Dalles, Oregon

PROPOSAL: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to issue a no further action determination following removal of contamination at the former Northwest Aluminum Company site. DEQ issues a no further action determination when a cleanup project has met regulatory standards.

HIGHLIGHTS: Northwest Aluminum manufactured aluminum at this site from 1958 until 2003. The owner began removal of buildings, equipment and other structures in 2007. Under DEQ review, the owner also conducted investigation and cleanup of contamination between 2007 and 2011. Cleanup included offsite disposal of approximately 20,000 tons of spent potliner and fume dust at Chemical Waste Management’s hazardous waste landfill located near Arlington, Oregon. Potliner is waste from the reduction cells used to make the aluminum. Fume dust was associated with the plant’s air pollution control equipment. In addition to this waste, approximately 77,000 tons of contaminated soil, rock, debris and sludge were disposed of at the Wasco County Landfill near The Dalles.

Localized areas of contamination in soil and groundwater remain at the site. However, based on current and likely future land use, this contamination does not exceed safe levels. Institutional controls will be prepared to inform future property owners of residual contamination. Once these notices are recorded with Wasco County, DEQ will issue a no further action determination for the site. This site will remain on DEQ’s Confirmed Release List as long as these controls are in place.

HOW TO COMMENT: Send written comments fax, mail or email to:

Bob Schwarz, DEQ Project Manager

400 E. Scenic Drive, Suite 307

The Dalles, Oregon 97058

Fax: 541-298-7330

Email: Schwarz.bob@deq.state.or.us

Written comments should be sent by Friday, April 2, 2012. To schedule an appointment or to obtain a copy of the staff report, please contact Mr. Schwarz by email or by phone (541-298-7255, ext. 230).

THE NEXT STEP: DEQ will consider all comments received. A final decision concerning the proposed no further action determination will be made after consideration of public comments.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ Communications and Outreach 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon at 800-452-4011; fax to 503-229-6762; or e-mail to deqinfo@deq.state.or.us

People with hearing impairment may call DEQ’s TTY number, 711.

Request for Comments
Proposed Approval of Cleanup at Former Coe Manufacturing Site in Tigard

Comments due: 5 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2012

Project location: 7930 SW Hunziker Road, Tigard, OR

Proposal: The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality seeks comments on a proposed approval of a cleanup of petroleum, metals and polychlorinated biphenyls, commonly known as PCBs, contamination at the former Coe Manufacturing – Front Parcel site in Tigard.

Highlights: Tests conducted in the 1990s found that concentrations of metals, petroleum and PCBs in site soils exceeded protective criteria established by DEQ. Tests of sediment in Redrock Creek, a tributary of Fanno Creek, from 2007 to 2011, showed elevated concentrations of PCBs and a few metals above protective criteria. Tests of soils and sediment showed that releases were from upland areas of the site, south of the large factory building and that sediment contamination was coming from stormwater runoff from that area. The site owners entered into DEQ’s Voluntary Cleanup Program in November 2006. Between November 2006 and December 2012, the owners completed several investigations to evaluate the nature and extent of the contamination. In 2010 and 2011, the owners removed 546 tons of contaminated upland soils and sediments. Post-removal samples demonstrate that upland soils no longer present a threat to Redrock Creek sediments from runoff or to current and future site workers through direct contact. Post-removal sediment samples show that concentrations of lead, zinc and PCBs are still present at levels that pose a risk to aquatic species. DEQ has concluded that while significant improvement resulted from the sediment removal action, that there are likely other sites that contributed to sediment contamination. Based on these findings, DEQ has determined that no cleanup action is required for the upland portions of the site and that no further investigation or remediation by the site owners is needed for sediments.

How to comment: Send comments by 5 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2012, to DEQ Project Manager Chuck Harman at DEQ’s Northwest Region Office at 2020 SW Fourth Ave., Suite 400, Portland, OR 97201, harman.charles@deq.state.or.us, or fax to 503-229-6899

To review the project file, call Dawn Weinberger at 503-229-6729 for an appointment.

To access site summary information and other documents in DEQ’s Environmental Cleanup Site Information database, go to www.deq.state.or.us/lq/ECSI/ecsi.htm, then enter ‘983’ in the Site ID box and click “Submit” at the bottom of the page. Next, click the link labeled ‘983’ in the Site ID/Info column.

The next step: The DEQ project manager will review all comments received and determine if a no further action determination and project closure is appropriate. If DEQ receives no comments that warrant delaying a no further action decision, DEQ will issue a final letter confirming the decision.

Accessibility information: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ Communications and Outreach, 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon at 800-452-4011; fax to 503-229-6762; or email to deqinfo@deq.state.or.us.

People with hearing impairments may call 711.

Request for Comments
Proposed Cleanup Approval for Former Koch’s Cleaners

COMMENTS DUE: March 30, 2012

PROJECT LOCATION: 12720 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton, OR

PROPOSAL: The Department of Environmental Quality invites public comment on a proposed no further action decision for the former Koch’s Cleaners site.

HIGHLIGHTS: The 3.6-acre site is currently occupied by a commercial building fronting SW Canyon Road, and a single-family residence to the south fronting SW Broadway Street. Surrounding land use is commercial. From the 1950s to 1980s the eastern portion of the commercial building was used by a succession of dry cleaners, during which releases from the dry cleaning machine and solvent storage tanks occurred. Tanks were removed in 1994, identifying groundwater contamination. Environmental investigation and cleanup actions were performed at the site between 1994 and 2011, including multiple phases of in-situ-groundwater treatment. Contaminants in groundwater have decreased with treatment, and are currently below DEQ risk-based concentrations or RBCs. Solvent levels in air within the building, and soil vapor below the building floor are likewise below DEQ screening values. DEQ has therefore determined that residual contamination at the site does not pose a risk to public health or the environment. Contaminants in deeper groundwater extend approximately 150 feet north of the site, but do not represent a risk to off-site properties or their users. DEQ will issue a No Further Action determination following this public notice period.

HOW TO COMMENT: Site files are available for public review at DEQ’s Northwest Region Office in Portland. To schedule an appointment to review files please call (503) 229-6729. The DEQ Project Manager is Daniel Hafley, (503) 229-5417. Send written comments to the Project Manager, DEQ, Northwest Region, 2020 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97201 or hafley.dan@deq.state.or.us by March 30, 2012.

THE NEXT STEP: DEQ will consider all public comments and the Northwest Cleanup Section Manager will make and publish the final decision after consideration of these comments.

Request for Comments
Proposed Settlement for Halton Co. Sites and Whitaker Slough

Comments due: Friday, March 30, 2012

Project location: The Halton Co. properties, also referred as the Halton Co. (ECSI #121) and Halton Voith (ECSI #1503) cleanup sites, are located at 4421 NE Columbia Boulevard and 6654 NE 47th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, adjacent the Whitaker Slough and Whitaker Ponds. The Whitaker Slough is a side slough to the Columbia Slough that begins near NE 42nd Avenue and ends near the east end of Marx Street. The Columbia Slough is located south and parallel to the Columbia River and extends approximately 31 waterway miles from Fairview Lake in east Portland and west to the Willamette River.

Proposal: DEQ is proposing to enter into a settlement with the Halton Co. concerning potential cleanup liability for contaminated sediments in the Whitaker Slough. The settlement would be in the form of a consent judgment pursuant to ORS 465.325(4) and requires payment of $405,000 to a DEQ-administered account dedicated to investigation and cleanup of sediment contamination in the Slough. The settlement includes payment of $20,000 to DEQ to resolve remediation costs paid by DEQ during the cleanup of the Nu-Way Oil site (ECSI #88) related to the Halton Co. (ECSI #121). The Halton Co. would also settle potential natural resource damage claims through payment of $50,000 to a DEQ-administered account dedicated to habitat restoration within the Columbia Slough watershed. In return, the settling parties would receive a covenant not to sue from the State and contribution protection from claims by third parties relating to historic releases. The Halton Co. would receive liability releases and contribution protection upon completion of investigation and source control measures at the upland portions of the sites under terms of the existing Voluntary Cleanup Program agreement with DEQ.

Highlights: Sediment sampling has shown that contaminants are present at and downstream of the facility in the Whitaker Slough and Whitaker Ponds. DEQ believes contamination from the facility was historical in nature caused by direct discharge of waste waters and stormwater runoff from the properties. The Halton Co. operations have mainly consisted of retail, rental, and maintenance of heavy equipment since 1959. Halton Voith site operations from the 1960s to 2005 included the manufacture of industrial paper-making machines and repair services. The facilities operate under a stormwater discharge permit implemented by the current operator. In 2005, DEQ issued a Record of Decision for the Columbia Slough that describes the framework for addressing the sediment contamination. The selected remedy involves stormwater management to prevent ongoing releases, selective removal of sediment hot spots associated with individual or multiple sources, and natural recovery of remaining sediment contamination over time.

How to comment: Send written comments to the DEQ Project Manager Erin McDonnell at DEQ Northwest Region, 2020 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 400, Portland, Oregon 97201, or mcdonnell.erin@deq.state.or.us by Friday, March 30, 2012. The project file is available for public review at DEQ. For a review appointment call (503) 229-6729. Information is also available on DEQ’s Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) database: http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/ECSI/ecsiquery.asp. Enter 121 to view information on the Halton Co. site and 1503 for the Halton Voith site.

The next step: DEQ will review and consider all comments received during the comment period. If DEQ then determines to enter the consent judgments, the consent judgments will be executed by the parties and filed with the Multnomah County Circuit Court. The court must approve the consent judgment for it to take effect.

Accessibility information: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ Communications and Outreach, 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon at 800-452-4011; fax to 503-229-6762; or email to deqinfo@deq.state.or.us.

People with hearing impairments may call 711.

A Chance To Comment On
Proposed Plan for the Air National Guard's Former 104th Air Control Squadron
Coos Bay, Oregon

COMMENT PERIOD: March 1 to March 31, 2012

PROJECT LOCATION: One-half mile west of Charleston

PROPOSAL: The Air National Guard, (ANG) the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, (DEQ) and the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI) invite public comment on the preferred remedial action alternative for cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater present at multiple areas of concern (AOC).

BACKGROUND: The Former 104th Air Control Squadron (the Site) was located on 43 acres of land just north of the Cape Arago Highway about one-half mile west of Charleston, Oregon. The Site sits atop a bluff overlooking Coos Bay and Bastendorf Beach. The ANG occupied the property from 1987 to 1996. Prior to 1996, the property was used by the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. The property was transferred to the CTCLUSI in 2005.

Using information from a 1995 preliminary assessment and site investigation, 11 areas of concern (AOC) were identified at the Site. The ANG conducted investigations between 1995 and 2010 to evaluate the presence of hazardous substances in each AOC. Based on the results of these investigations, and evaluation of various cleanup alternatives, the ANG, DEQ, and the CTCLUSI are recommending that remedial action be implemented at:

1. AOC B – Wash Rack and Drain Line. Approximately 57 cubic yards of contaminated soil would be excavated and transported to an offsite DEQ permitted landfill.

2. AOC C – Outfall 1 and Outfall 2. Approximately 250 cubic yards of contaminated soil would be excavated and transported to an offsite DEQ permitted landfill.

3. AOC C – Multiple Former USTs. Approximately 2,800 cubic yards of contaminated soil would be excavated and transported to an offsite DEQ permitted landfill. Following excavation, contaminated groundwater underlying and extending several hundred feet west of the excavation footprint would be sparged (bubbled) with air to remove volatile organic contaminants.

4. AOC K – Fire Training Area. Approximately 90 cubic yards of contaminated soil would be excavated and transported to an offsite DEQ permitted landfill.

Remedial action to address contaminated soil present at AOC D has already been completed by the U.S. Navy, and a no further action determination by DEQ is pending following receipt of confirmation sampling results. No further action is recommended for the remaining seven AOCs.

Since 2005 the ANG has worked closely with representatives from the CTCLUSI, the DEQ, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the U.S. Navy to investigate soil and groundwater contamination at the Site. This collaboration has resulted in the evaluation and identification of a preferred remedial action alternative that will cleanup contaminated soil and groundwater to unrestricted use levels.

Project documents including the Proposed Plan are available for review at the following locations:

CTCLUSI Department of Natural Resources

1245 Fulton Avenue

Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

Telephone: (541) 888-7511

Web site address: http://www.ctclusi.org/ctclusinew/

Coos Bay Public Library

525 Anderson Ave

Coos Bay, OR 97420

Telephone: (541) 269-1101

DEQ– Eugene Office

165 E. 7th Avenue, Suite 100

Eugene, OR 97401

ATT: Norman Read

Telephone: (541) 687-7348

HOW TO COMMENT: Please send written comments via letter or e-mail to:

Mr. Richard McCoy

NGB/A7OR

Shepperd Hall

3501 Fetchet Avenue

Joint Base Andrews MD 20762-5157

e-mail: richard.mccoy@ang.af.mil

The ANG must receive written comments by March 31, 2012.

NEXT STEP: A public meeting will be held at the CTCLUSI Community Center, 338 Wallace Street, Coos Bay, Oregon on March 14, 2012 at 700 PM. ANG, DEQ, and CTCLUSI will consider all public comments before selecting a final remedy for the Site.

 

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